Wilmer Stultz

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Wilmer Lower Stultz
Wilmer Lower Stultz 1928.png
Stultz in 1928
Born11 April 1900
DiedJuly 1, 1929(1929-07-01) (aged 29)
Roosevelt Field
New York
Cause of deathAir crash
Resting placePresbyterian Cemetery
Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPilot
Spouse(s)
Mildred Botts (m. 1919–1929)

Wilmer Lower Stultz (April 11, 1900 – July 1, 1929) was an aviator who made the first non-stop flight between New York City and Havana, Cuba. He died in a crash in 1929.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania on April 11, 1900.

Stultz joined the United States Army Air Force on 22 August 1917 assigned to the 634th Aero Supply Squadron reaching the rank of Sergeant. He was discharged on 31 March 1919. Stultz then joined the United States Naval Air Service in December that year, training at Pensacola, Florida. He served at Hampton Roads, Virginia testing the F-5L bomber.[1]

He married Mildred Botts of Middletown, Pennsylvania on August 4, 1919.[1]

On March 5, 1928, Stultz, Oliver Colin LeBoutillier, and Mabel Boll on an improvised seat, made the first non-stop flight in the Columbia between New York City and Havana, Cuba (c. 1300 mi.).

Stultz was the pilot of the Fokker Trimotor "Friendship" on June 18, 1928, when Amelia Earhart became the first woman passenger to cross the Atlantic Ocean by airplane.

Stultz died on July 1, 1929, after he crashed while intoxicated at Roosevelt Field in Mineola, New York.[2][3] Two passengers were also killed.[1] He was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania.[4][5]

Legacy[edit]

Stultz Field in Tipton, Pennsylvania, was named in his honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wilmer Lower Stultz". Retrieved 27 March 2012. Wilmer Lower "Bill" Stultz was born in Williamsburg, PA on April 11, 1900. He enlisted in the U.S. Army August 22, 1917, advanced to the rank of sergeant in the 634th Aero Supply Squadron, and was honorably discharged March 31, 1919. ...
  2. ^ "Stultz Death Causes Liquor Sale Inquiry. Nassau Prosecutor to Hunt for Persons Selling Intoxicants to Air Pilots". New York Times. July 7, 1929.
  3. ^ "Alcohol Is Found In Brain Of Stultz. Dr. Gettler Reports Evidence That Pilot on Fatal Flight Had Been Drinking. Offlclals Push Inquiry. Witnesses of Accident Tell Federal Inspectors of seeing struggle in Plane". New York Times. July 6, 1929.
  4. ^ "Associates Honor Stultz At Funeral. Aviators and American Legion Delegations Attend Services for Transatlantic Pilot. Miss Earhart A Mourner. Mrs. Payne Whitney and Son and Daughter Also Pay Respects to Flier. Police Escort Cortege". New York Times. July 3, 1929.
  5. ^ "Stultz Buried In Home City. Airplanes Drop Flowers in Cemetery at Williamsburg, Pa". New York Times. July 5, 1929.